Gemstone Bracelets(971 items)
Discover the unique designs in our Gemstone Bracelet Collection that NOVICA artisans have crafted for you:
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Artisans the world over utilize the natural materials at their disposal to create beautiful, sustainable jewelry. Wood, bamboo and dried gourds. Coconut shells, rattan and terra-cotta. Even natural grasses lend themselves to a jewelers creativity while art glass beads and pendants can be made from discarded bottles. Some artisans reclaim precious silver from photographic negatives. Colorful magazine pages can become tightly-rolled beads protected by a coat of varnish. Always creative, artists craft their bracelets out of innovative, eco-conscious materials.
Handmade womens bracelets each have their own unique characteristics. Color, texture, size and design all vary. Often, the technique alone will tell you, for example, hand-knotted, braided or woven bracelets. Leather bracelets with cutout motifs or embossing are usually crafted by hand.Thai jewelry by Karen silversmiths shows hand-stamped geometric or floral motifs and beads are usually made of fine silver, which is more malleable than sterling. Similarly, filigree jewelry is a meticulous handcrafted process. Most bracelets with natural, sustainable or recycled materials are handmade. Even some of the most sophisticated and modern gold and silver may be signed by the artist who made it.The most common indicator that a bracelet is handmade is the detailed and intricate design. Novica artisans demonstrate their techniques in the many videos on www.novica.com youll find the links on their product descriptions and also on the artisan bio page.
Traditional bracelet-making techniques have been passed down over generations around the world. Womens bracelets in gold and silver are usually crafted with the lost wax technique. The image is sculpted in wax and enveloped in a mold materia. As molten gold or silver is poured into the mold, the wax image melts and the metal takes its place. However coiling fine strands of metal results in Andean filigree jewelry. Balinese artistry applies polished spirals and tendrils as well as tiny globes known as jawan to sleek silver jewelry. And a few contemporary artisans even weave or crochet the slender silver strands.Jade was highly prized by the Maya and still has an important place in modern Guatemalan jewelry. Amber from the rich mines in southern Mexico adorns the womens bracelets, necklaces, and earrings of the area. Macrame and beading are popular everywhere for boho style. And West Africas handmade beadwork is renowned the world over.
Womens bracelets carried immense cultural significance in ancient times and they still do. In Perus pre-Hispanic societies, gold represented the sun, and jewelry indicated social status and identity, as it also did among the Maya of Mexico and Central America. In India, bangles or kangans showed a woman was married and are a part of the 16 adornments customarily worn by a Hindu bride. Traditional West African beads are a sign of cultural identity. Each one has a meaning and tells a story.Today, womens bracelets are still culturally significant. In India, jewelry often depicts religious symbols and meditative mantras. Balinese bracelets may also depict dragons, thought to be the protectors of the gods, or the Hindu Barong deity, also a protection symbol. Motifs stamped into Karen hill tribe silver encourage living in harmony with nature. The hand-knotted bracelets of Guatemala symbolize friendship but evolved from a silent protest for loved ones missing during the countrys armed conflict. Today, friends each tie a bracelet on the others arm and make a wish. The bracelet is worn until it wears out and falls off so the wish will come true.
Silver, gold, brass and copper have been popular for thousands of years and are often set with colorful gemstones. Artisans in different regions of the world take advantage of unique local resources, such as Brazilian golden grass, leather and coconut shell from Thailand, and carved bone jewelry from Bali. Intricate openwork carving, known as jali, can be seen in bangles from India. West Africa has a long tradition of beadwork, with beautiful beads made from recycled glass and even plastic becoming popular in recent years.
Featured Reviews on Gemstone Bracelets
Exquisite work. Im thrilled
This exceptional silver bangle is so beautiful and light . The lapis lazuli just pops out from the silver. The Taxco silversmith who designed this item is gifted ??. Im so happy ??. It was my mothers day gift from my family. Sonia, thank you so much sweet pea. I love it.
This is a favorite. Garnet and pearl bracelet.
Love this bracelet. Garnet is my birthstone and pearls my favorite. Their jewelry is gorgeous and I support their artisans. I just purchased two sterling necklaces. Waiting to receive.
My bracelet is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much in your gift of art. I will treasure it always. sheri
Giri Tasmana Handcrafted sterling silver and gemstone jewelry
"Indonesia is rich in flora and fauna species and these inspire my designs."
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Popular Gemstone Bracelets
Black Cultured Pearl and Garnet Hill Tribe Starfish Bracelet, "Dark Starfish Love"$47.99
Matta celebrates the sea with a stunning bracelet. Black cultured pearls evoke the night as they alternate with garnet globes. A silver starfish charm suspends elegantly, showcasing the fine craftsmanship of the Thailand's hill tribe silversmiths.
Hill Tribe Garnet Beaded Bracelet from Thailand, "Antique Hill Tribe"$29.99
Given a combination of finishes for an antiqued aesthetic, this bracelet is strung with cylindrical beads of Karen hill tribe silver alongside natural garnet gems and sterling silver beads. Thailand's Siranya designs this bracelet, which features a dangling floral silver charm at the clasp.
Elephant Motif Peridot Cuff Bracelet from Bali, "Elephant's Treasure"$139.99
Artisan Giri Tasmana of Bali handcrafts a sterling silver cuff bracelet that showcases the verdant glow of peridot. Each end of the cuff features an elephant head beneath a pair of faceted peridot gemstones, one round and one pear-shaped. Scrolling motifs cover the cuff, which has a concealed hinge to make it easy to fit the bracelet over your wrist.
Karen Silver Chalcedony Beaded Bracelet from Thailand, "Karen Glee"$29.99
Crafted by hand, a Karen hill tribe silver charm dangles at the center of this bracelet from Thailand. Siranya designs this accessory, circling the wrist with handmade silver beads and round sterling silver beads. Colorful chalcedony gemstones complete this bracelet.